Don’t know where the week has gone

I’m not sure where the week has gone. I think I spent most of it watching knitting podcasts while throwing a ball for an anxious, sad puppy. We survived and I am back home.

Today was very quiet. I slept late and still got a run in as it was cool. It seems as though our Fall weather has arrived. It’s been gray and cool all day here. My run was an easy 3km and it felt good. I spent the second half really trying to concentrate on pushing off my toes. I’m going to need to do some reading on how to engage my butt while running.

I came home and immediately did my workout too. It was a thirty minute push workout from Nourish Move Love and I can tell you that I’m going to feel it tomorrow. That’s a good thing in my mind.

I have to admit that other than doing laundry I have done nothing else today. I have been reading a series of books by Lea Coll called All I Want. It’s a good series and I’ve been enjoying them even if they are just fluff. I always seem to get sucked into the series that revolve around a friend group- they seem so fun. I would recommend the series even though I spend some of the book yelling at the main female character 🤣

Well I’m on the last book so I’m going back to it.

Have fun!

AJ

Resting Up

It was another hot day here today and I have three things happening tomorrow so I decided to lay around today.

I started the day with my minimum run and then immediately did my ab workout and yoga that was called for in the Nourish Move Love workout plan so that I would get them done!

Other than that I have done a little knitting. I had finished a sock but it was slightly long so I pulled it out and am almost done it again. I also got about two inches of body knitted on my current sweater.

I have spent the rest of the day reading. They have all just been fun books so nothing really to report.

Oh I also ordered some mail product. I am hoping that it will help strengthen my nails which are so incredibly weak, but I guess we shall see when it all arrives.

I’m going to bed now as I have a early run in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ

TriviaTuesday

It was a busy day!

I started the day with a run with Dennis. We went around a very hilly local park but I had a pretty good pace. The best part was the cute guy behind us for the first little bit.

I went directly from tea to a bike ride with my friend Em. It was a lovely day out on the dykes. It was just a leisurely ride, but lovely!

I came home from my bike ride and had a nice nap.

I actually spent most of the day reading a book. It was Real Kind of Love by Sara Rider. I really enjoyed this book and it’s been a while since I’ve read a book in one sitting. It is light and fluffy and a great summer read. I may just get the second in the series.

This afternoon I got my workout done- another NourishMoveLove. It was the 15 Minute Total Body Strength that I think I’m going to feel tomorrow!

Amazingly, for the first time since February, trivia was on. We still aren’t allowed to move from our table, but it was nice to have some normal.

From the first round:

Who has played the grumpy guy in The Odd Couple?

Walter Matthau,Jack Klugmann, Matthew Perry

Name the number one brand in Canada of Ket Chu up, Mustard and Relish.

Heinz, French’s, Bics

Finish this phrase:

Sticky——-

Fingers

What does HVAC stand for?

Heating, ventilation, Air a conditioning

What two states other than Washington border BC?

Idaho, Montana

Name the three tenors:

Pavarotti, Carreras, Felliciano

What does HMCS stand for?

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship

In the music round I only knew the country songs:

Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off- Joe Nichols

In Kahoot I was pushing the buttons with my back to the screen so I don’t even know the questions that were asked.

In the fourth round:

Put these shows in order of when they came on the air:

Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends

What does TNA in wrestling stand for?

Total Non Stop Action

Well I have to go home to bed cause I have a busy day tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

Ahead of Schedule

Today was another very quiet day for me.

I started the day meeting up with Sarah and Dennis for a run. I had to do at least 3km and instead we did just over 6km. I was wondering if I should cancel one of the three kilometer runs I have planned this month, but for now I’m just going to run and I’ll see how the month plays out. I am sure there will be days that I can’t run later on.

I grabbed some groceries on the way home. I had told myself I wouldn’t go back to the grocery store until Thursday but since I was just buying fruits and veggies, I gave myself a pass to go today.

I immediately did my workout as I really didn’t want to. It was a 35 minute workout from NourishMoveLove that had me sweating a ton. I really hope I see results from all this working out!

Other than a nap, I have spent the day knitting in circles on my Rock It Tee. It’s a weird project because while it is the usual mindless knitting of stockinette in the round, it’s not portable because I am changing yarn every eight rounds. I am definitely going to need to intersperse something more interesting! I am loving how it looks so far though!

I finished listening to my audiobook, Ultra Marathon Man. It was about Dean Karnazes and was quite interesting. I have absolutely no interest in pushing my body as far as he does!

I did push myself this evening to do some foam rolling and yoga though. I have been enjoying having slightly looser legs so I will try to keep this up!

I also got some cross stitching done today and got one of the window panels done🎊🎉

I have also started a new book and am loving it so I am going back to reading.

I promise tomorrow will be more interesting:)

Have fun!

AJ

A Busy Bee

I always find it interesting how some days I feel like doing nothing and other days I go non-stop.

I started the day with an easy run to the park and back. I am trying really hard to slow down some days and run easy so that I don’t hurt myself running everyday. So far it seems to be going pretty well.

I quickly ate breakfast so I would be ready to order my yarn advent calendar at exactly 8am. This advent calendar is put out by Stash Lounge in Calgary, Alberta and features 25 different Canadian yarn dyers. It seemed like a really good way to try out a bunch of different dyers. I had better stop shopping for a while though!

I then got picked up by Dennis for a bike ride. I chose for us to go from the bridge to Osprey Village, but I should have picked the other way as this one had more hills than I remembered! My bike is still not going into first and something seems to be rubbing. It also takes forever to move from 2nd gear to 3rd. I do notice that I am calmer on the bike though which is a good thing. I’ll just keep making myself go out so I keep getting more comfortable!

After a well- deserved tea after 20km, I came home and watched the newest Crazy Sock Lady vlog. She talked about scrubbing her shower so that inspired me to try cleaning my tub and surround. I hope it worked, but I’ll inspect tomorrow during my shower.

I also got all my recent yarn purchases put into my Ravelry stash.

I worked out to the newest NourishMoveLove workout. It was a leg workout using the mini band and I was once again a hot, sweaty mess by the end of it. Her workouts are definitely a challenge. I just hope they’re doing something for me!

In knitting, I finished my brioche cowl.

This was made out of Perle yarn in two different colours. This yarn is from my grandma’s stash and is so old it came from Woodward’s. That store hasn’t been around since I was a little kid. I used the Brilicious pattern off of Ravelry and found it very easy. It only used up one of the four balls so I may make a second one to use up more. I think I might try it a little smaller in circumference, but taller so it will be extra warm inside my coat.

This afternoon I finished listening to Knit to Kill by Anne Canadeo. It was an easy listen and nothing earth shattering, but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was the first in the series, but it is actually the 9th. That does explain a bit of the dialogue in the book.

I have done some rolling and yoga as I am really trying to keep being consistent with this practice this year. I know it’s important to not getting injured, so I’m making it a priority.

I am back knitting on my second sock that I started yesterday in the hopes that I will be done by Sunday when I get my next sock pattern.

Well, I think I’ve done enough today and I’ll just sit and knit until it’s an appropriate time to sleep. I did have a nap this afternoon since it has been very hot here again today, but I still don’t think I’ll make it to very late. I wonder how much sleep it would take to get rid of the bags under my eyes?

Have fun?

AJ

Long Weekend Wrap Up

It’s so lovely having that third day off, even if it is raining. I wish I had a third day every week!

Exercise:

I have done my FitOn class each day and actually threw in an extra stretching class today. I figure I need all the yoga I can get. I sat down Friday night and figured out my mileage for the month and it got me out the door for 3km on Saturday morning and another 10km on Sunday. Sarah didn’t come so it was nice to push the pace a bit and my heart rate didn’t go insane🎊🎉

Socializing:

I met up with my friend Emily on Saturday and did some shopping. It was nice to spend time with her and to pick up some items I had been wanting, but there were still too many people around the outdoor shopping centre for my liking. I am starting to wonder if I’ll ever get comfortable with crowds again?!?!

I picked up a running visor which is camo, not black like I thought, but I’ll live with it. I also got some gifts, new underwear and a new straw hat. I think I’m most excited about the straw hat!

On Sunday, I went with Brenda to a local yarn shop for a private shopping appointment. I got the buttons for my Bentley cardigan which is all I need to finish that project and I got some interchangeable needle accessories. Of course I couldn’t leave without yarn, especially when I saw that Fibre Co Road to China was on sale! This yarn is alpaca, silk, camel and cashmere put together into the softest yarn you’ll ever feel! The skeins are small, but I snagged two blues that I am hoping to put together into a cowl or maybe I’ll make two cowls. I am desperate to knit with this, but won’t let myself until I get the test knit socks done. Oh and the bowl my running buddy wants to store his cleaning supplies in his trunk.

Most of my weekend was spent crafting. You may have seen my stitching yesterday which is coming along well. I have also finished a pair of socks this weekend.

This is the Raspberry Cordial socks pattern by Lisa Ross done in Knit Picks Stroll in Hollyberry. I followed the pattern, except for putting in Knitting Expat’s German Short Row Heel as I couldn’t understand the heel in the pattern. I feel like there may have been a typo. I did learn that I absolutely love the stroll yarn and wish I had it in every colour! I do wish I had knitted the leg longer to use up the skein however!

I have also been working on the shawl and am solidly in the mosaic section now. I am trying to do two rows per day, but I seriously have to concentrate and say every stitch to avoid making mistakes.

Reading:

While I have been stitching I have been listening to audiobooks from the library. I am sure that my data provider is happy about this! I have just finished listening to Persuade Me by Juliet Archer. It is a take off of Persuasion by Jane Austen which is my favorite Jane Austen book so I couldn’t resist. It was a well done version, however I think it would be better to read as then you could gloss over the parts where the book is trying too hard to be romantic.

I finished another book, but the fact I don’t remember the name doesn’t bode well for it. I am actually reading a book off of my TBR finally and can’t wait to get back to it, so hopefully I will have another recommendation for you soon.

House:

I did get a few things done around the house. I got the laundry and dishes done and I went out this morning and put air in my car tires and washed my car as I thought I’d be going car shopping today. Alas my brother said it was too mucky. I am trying to downsize my vehicle and since I would keep putting it off I have given myself a timeline of August. I saw a little Toyota Yaris and want to go sit in it to find out if that really is what I want.

Well I’m going to wrap this up and go back to my book.

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was another very quiet weekend! I missed spending time with my mom today for Mother’s Day! I hope all the other moms had a great day!

Saturday I didn’t even leave the house. I actually spent the day frantically knitting the second sock of my Rome Socks. I got them done and love them as they are smocked. This is the latest pattern in the Knitting Expat’s Around the World in 8 socks. This is the third pair and so far I have loved them all and would definitely make them again!

The yarn I used is left over Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock. I started the sock on a 2mm needle for the cuff but then forgot to increase so the entire sock is done on 2mm. These might be a little tighter than usual, but that might be a good thing. If you look closely you will notice the socks are fraternal twins as I did one cuff down and the second toe up. I think I actually prefer toe up as the Kitchener stitch is not my favorite. I am happy to have these though!

I also exercised on Saturday. Fit On had my workout as an intro to HIIT, but the workout of the day was another HIIT class so I did them both. This may not have been the smartest decision!

Sunday started with my usual dyke run with Sarah and Dennis. We managed 8.5km which is getting closer to 10km. I can’t wait until we are back to doing 10km every week!

I looked and I have 288km left to get to Kathy so I may be running into July for this as I don’t see myself managing 144km for each of the next two months.

The one thing I noticed was that I was sore from my workout yesterday and my heart rate was higher again today. I wonder if there is a correlation there. I thought we were running quite fast, but we were actually running slower than we have been lately. I will do some extra stretching over the next couple of days and see if that helps with the heart rate on Tuesday. I did do a yoga class on FitOn today.

I have been struggling with having so few miles this year so far. I am about a month behind where I was last year, however, I have done more workouts and yoga than I had last year so I am going to celebrate being more well-rounded this year!

Today for knitting I blocked my Ankers sweater and the Rome socks and I worked on the swatch for the shawl test knit I accepted. I have test knit for Josee Paquin before and love her patterns so am excited to do so again. I just can’t decide if I should stash bust and use a chocolate and beige combo or if I should take this as an excuse to order from MidKnit Cravings which is what Josee did the shawl in. For now I have to wait for my swatch to dry and see if I got gauge with it.

I also did some stitching! I was working away and got a little snow section done. I was thinking of/dreading doing the curtain as I was stitching, but when I looked I saw it was a relatively small area. I decided to count the stitches and came up with 394 stitches to finish the curtain. I am a numbers girl so I know I will be motivated by getting this number down. In fact, I’m already down to 367:)

Oh I also finished a book this weekend by Mariana Zapata called From Lukov With Love. This is women’s fiction that has some romance in it. It is a very long, slow burn and more concentrates on a variety of relationships. I really enjoyed it!

Well I’m off to finish my other book, which I unfortunately am just trying to finish and probably won’t recommend.

8 Weeks to Go

This year has gone so fast and I think it’s because I have a good class I enjoy spending time with. The past two years definitely didn’t go this fast!

Sorry for no update this weekend. I didn’t want to overload anyone with two posts yesterday. Friday night I had a drink on a patio with my work mates. Saturday i scrubbed the tub, did dishes, mopped the kitchen floor and then I knitted in Brenda’s backyard with her and finished my hitchhiker shawl

Sunday I ran with Sarah and Dennis, but Kula was having trouble so it was a very interrupted run. My heart rate stayed low. I then made my food for the week and did all my laundry.

Today was a pretty good day even with the staff meeting. We got through journals, a math drill,gym outside, a school survey and Music Monday with no major drama.

The staff meeting went fine – so different when your admin has common sense. We did find out we’ve been working an extra seven minutes a day for the past year at least, maybe two🙄

I came home and did my FitOn workout which was another upper body workout😖 and had to clear my deck off for the Spring Cleaning tomorrow. I did this while my exercise video buffered and decided to wipe everything g down with bleach and water so it will be lovely when I put it back together tomorrow night.

I have knitted a little bit on the body of my Ankers Summer Shirt today, but that is it. The Rome socks are waiting for me, but I need more brain power before tackling them.

I finally have a book to tell you about. My mom had recommended Love Is a Battlefield by Whitney Dinesen to me and I enjoyed it so much that I’m on the third book in the series now. It has a matchmaking momma in it and is wonderfully light, fluffy and entertaining. Definitely a holiday beach read! It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a good enough book to recommend!

Well I’m going back to my book, have fun!

AJ

Happy Hump Day

One nice thing is that we are halfway through the first week back. Tomorrow will be the busiest day though:(

Teaching:

Most of my students really are showing their growth. We did chalkboard spelling this morning and everyone is doing really well. We are more than halfway through the alphabet and this is the furthest I have ever gotten in twenty years of teaching!

Students had a few moments to work on their signs of Spring before filing them and going for recess.

It was great as with the principal away again the kids went outside at all breaks regardless of the rain. We went to gym and learned about cardiovascular, strength and stretching and each child got to lead the class. Push-ups were definitely the most popular today so I taught them about hand release push-ups and pike push-ups so maybe next time we’ll get some variety. It is really funny watching grade ones do some of these exercises though🤣

We did a math drill and then went to lunch. I spent all of my breaks today getting the corrections done on my report cards as I want to enter all the info tomorrow into the database. We will see if there is a principal to read them or not as we haven’t seen our principal in almost a month now.

This afternoon we had silent reading while I did a reading group. The kids are doing so well and I do love this time with them!

I had them working to finish up their Fin’s Friends workbook today. I am ready to move on! I need to have a look at the curriculum and see what I still need to cover.

I have to admit I left work pretty quickly because I had been freezing all day! I think I need to knit myself some more scarves, cowls and shawls. I need to figure out a way to make them look springy and light while still having them keep me warm!

Exercise:

Sarah was back today for a run- her first after having Covid. She did really well and it was nice to have company for that 4.25km. Even better it didn’t pour on us like I was expecting!

I came home from that and went directly to do my FitOn video for the day. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a yoga video. Oh how lovely! I was looking today and while I am thirteen days behind where I was last year in running mileage, I am way ahead in how much time I have spent working out and doing yoga this year. Hopefully this will help my running!

Reading:

Last night I finished the kids Bookclub book called The Wild Robot. I mention it because it was a great read with some really awesome ideas in it. If you have kids or just want a quick, easy read, I would recommend this one. I told my co workers I was sad for the robot and they laughed at me. What can I say, I am highly affected by what I read.

Knitting:

I did a stripe on one of my socks this morning. I don’t have enough of two colours for both socks, so I guess I’ll use one for each sock. I should be able to stand having the first stripe be different on the socks if all the rest are the same. I just thought as I wrote that though that maybe I could shorten the first two stripes too as it’s not like I need socks to be as long on the leg as other people do.

This evening I finally got the chance to pick my Bentley sweater up again and cast on the sleeve. I got ten rows done while listening to the Motivate to Move podcast. I am getting closer!

Well I’m going to sit here and read on my phone and let my nails dry. My students have all commented on my nails. I have lost three since being back at work, but will do my best to keep them asking as possible. Today they became blue as I only have two colours of polish.

Have fun!

AJ

Gone Already

It seems like my holiday went fast and tomorrow it is back to reality. No more lounging in the my fuzzy robe with a cup of tea and my knitting in the morning😥. Tomorrow I will have to hit the ground running! That’s why this will be quick as I have the feeling I’m going to need extra sleep tonight!

Exercise:

I ran 8km on Sunday with Dennis and we got lucky and it wasn’t horribly wet for a change:)

I have also kept up and done my FitOn App workout each day. I wasn’t happy with the Strong Legs one on Saturday as it left my legs tired for my Sunday run, but oh well. It would be nice if they gave you seven and let you put them in the order you want! I can’t wait until I have my high speed data back tomorrow so that the workouts will be short and won’t lag!

Reading:

I have been reading, but nothing that I need to tell you about. I’ll let you know when I hit a really good one.

Socializing:

Yesterday I was napping on my couch when my friend Lyndsay texted to ask if I wanted to go for a walk to the park with her, her son and her dog. It was a lovely afternoon! We got some food from a food truck and then sat in the sun and watched her son at the skate park. I love little outings like this!

House:

I have gotten all of my laundry done and my coffee table tidied, but I’m sad to say, not much else has been done:(. I’m definitely a failure at house cleaning. I got the accessories changed to my summer colour scheme, but I really should have been cleaning instead. I just feel like every where I look needs to be cleaned, but as soon as I clean it, it has to be done again😥

Baking:

I made pancake muffins the other day and they were super delicious. I like them because it feels like you are having a muffin and yet there is very little sugar in them:)

Today I made baked strawberry coconut oatmeal for my breakfasts this week, Tex Mex salad for lunches and ham and peas pasta for dinner. I liked the process I did this week. Usually I spend a few hours in the kitchen making all the food, but today, I just made the dish for my meal and then packaged up the rest for lunches, breakfasts and dinners.

Knitting:

I wanted to show you where all my time had been going. I finished the crochet blanket I was making to just use up yarn.

I also finished my Paris Socks by the Knitting Expat. This yarn is made out of Lady Dye Yarna in 75% SW Merino and 25% Nylon. I had bought it for the Anne of Green Gables KAL with Casapinka, but the colours of yarn just didn’t work for a shawl for me, but I love the main colour for these socks. This pattern was odd because I followed the instructions exactly and yet my pattern looks different than the pattern picture. I am thinking it had to be changed to fit the smaller stitch count. It’s fine with me though as I still like what it looks like.

I have also finished my Bentley Sweater bands and just have the sleeves to do. I managed to join the zoom call for that KAL tonight and it was neat to see what other sweaters looked like.

I have also started my SPY21 socks for this month which are the Meta socks out of the book, Operation Sock Drawer. I am hoping they will use up some little skeins for me.

Well I’m off to bed, have fun!

AJ